When a Toothache Is More than a Toothache

When it comes to your dental health, things are often more than they seem at first glance. For instance, what seems like a minor tooth stain might actually be signs of internal tooth infection. Likewise, what seems like nothing more than minor sensitivity in your tooth could actually be a sign of something more sinister, and ignoring it could mean trouble for your dental health. If your tooth hurts to any degree, then there’s a chance that your tooth is in serious trouble, and you should schedule an examination with your dentist as soon as possible.

What the Pain Could Mean

Toothaches can be caused by nearly countless factors, from a piece of food stuck in your tooth to a cavity (or hole) in your tooth’s structure. When healthy, your teeth shouldn’t feel anything besides the pressure of biting and chewing. Sensitivity and pain mean that your tooth structure, or at least its outer layer of enamel, has become compromised and is in danger of infection and/or further damage.

What Could Happen if You Ignore It

The problem with all dental issues is that they don’t resolve themselves. Unlike a cut on your arm or a sprained risk, your teeth do not self-repair or drive out infection on their own. If your toothache indicates a crack or fracture in your tooth, then the fracture will grow larger the more your tooth is exposed to bite pressure. If a cavity is the source of your tooth pain, than the cavity and your toothache will grow more severe as it progresses. Your best chance at alleviating the pain and saving your tooth from even more trouble is to schedule an examination with your dentist as soon as possible.

Find Lasting Toothache Relief

In most cases, a toothache is more than just the pain you experience, but also an underlying risk to your overall dental health. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.